Above the rooftops of Shoreditch

© Imagee courtesy of The Boundary/ Paul Raeside

It’s a chilly London evening in May, but not for people paying a visit to the Boundary, a trendy rooftop bar and restaurant in Shoreditch. A romantic refuge from all the business of London city, where you can lounge, spend quality time with friends and just relax with a glass of wine.

We take the elevator to the top of the Albion Hotel on the corner of Redchurch and Boundary Street and enter this inviting place with its rustic sofas, white pillows and woollen blankets. You sit around a warming fireplace surrounded by trees and if you are still not hot enough, there are heating mantles that do not only provide you with warmth, but at the same time create a magic atmosphere wrapping the venue in soft light. Especially when the sun goes down you feel a spirit, which so much reminds of the famous Shore Club in South Beach, where you can hide, but at the same time come to see people.

The 360 degrees view of Shoreditch rooftops, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin complements this South Beach experience in London. The only thing you will probably not find here are 30 degrees hot summers, thus the blankets and heaters.

Enjoy a drink before heading somewhere else for dinner or party or if you fancy a bite, the grill restaurant provides delicious food from its constantly changing menu. Although we simply came here for drinks, tonight’s food menu sounds mouth-watering with rib-eye, watercress and shallot salad or lamb cutlets with parsley and black olives. The prices are not cheap, but reasonable for such a beautiful location with bottles of wine starting from £20 and main courses ranging from £10-30, if you are planning to have a luxury evening with lobster.

People you meet here include couples that enjoy romantic togetherness, business people and groups of friends preparing for a great night out or simply having a few drinks during the week.

On a sunny Saturday or Sunday it is also a great place to have lunch, especially if you are coming from the busy Brick Lane market. You will also find a little groceries shop downstairs that sells cupcakes and delicious granola. On the other side of the room there is a second restaurant, which serves original British food and where you can move in case the warmth still has not reached you. All in all a hot tip to experience a little laid-back East London life with a touch of South Beach spirit.

About the author

Anastasia Albert is currently studying Masters in Politics and Communication at  the London School of Economics. At the LSE, Anastasia writes or the student newspaper “The Beaver” and a frequent  contributor to POLIS- a journalism think tank at the LSE Media and Communications Department.

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